So, since there is no need for a "New Year" post, I'm going to tell you about Olive. I've been meaning to write this for quite a while, but I've been looking for pictures. I know that there are lots and lots of pictures, but I just don't really have any in my possession. Oh well, such is life.
Olive is my mother-in-law, and she is the mother-in-law that everyone wishes that they had (or should wish they had). I'm pretty sure she is also the mother that lots of people wish they had (I have a great mom, too). When Sean and I were engaged, I told him that I'd marry him just for his family.
I'm not sure if I can put into words who Olive really is, but I'll try. Even though Olive is my Mother-in-law, I consider her a friend. I laugh with her and cry with her and I know that she'll always be there, for Sean, for me, for any our kids. I guess that makes us the lucky ones. My mom once told me that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his mother. Just hearing him talk about his mom I knew that I had found myself a keeper.
Sean calls his mom 'Olive' and my dad asked him once why he called her that, instead of just 'Mom' and he said "because she isn't just my mom, she's one of my best friends." I think that's amazing, and is something to strive for as a mother (although, I have other feelings about that during certain aspects of parenting but as an adult I think it's pretty great). When we run into people that Sean knew from childhood, the very first thing every single one of them asks is "How's Olive?"
Olive taught me to love to take pictures (even though she hasn't been very successful at getting me in front of the camera). She is also the one that taught me to sew and gave me my first sewing machine. I will probably never be as good as her, but we sure have fun with projects together. She always keeps me laughing and makes a mean turkey dinner. She also makes a wicked scrapbook, but I just can't seem to get into that hobby, which is OK because I have a lot on my plate right now.
I'm starting off 2011 with fun, happy, positive thoughts... it's not a resolution, but I think I'll try to make sure that those who are important to me, know it. Happy New Year, may you all be lucky enough to have someone like Olive in your life.